The Prime Movers: Iggy The Iguana, White Panthers And The MC5

When Michigan rocked…

Brothers Michael and Dan Erlewine were leading lights of Blues band The Prime Movers, forming the group in 1965.

The Prime Movers were: Iggy Pop (drums), Dan Erlewine (lead guitar), Robert Sheff (aka Blue Gene Tyranny on keyboards – he played for The Stooges), Jack Dawson (bass), and Michael (lead vocalist and amplified harmonica). Iggy did sing, mainly the Muddy Water’s tune, I’m a Man. Michael Erlewine met James Jewel Osterberg in their native Michigan. Michael recalls a “shy, active, and ambitious young man”, then playing with the Iguanas. The Prime Movers duly dubbed him Iguana, which soon became shortened to Iggy. (The Pop part was inspired by a local glue-sniffer.)

In October 1966 Iggy Osterberg left the band, replaced by J.C. (‘Jessie’) Crawford on drums

The Prime Movers Blues Band #4 at Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, spring of ’66 – from left: Craig Johnson, Bob Sheff (hidden), Michael Erlewine, Dan Erlewine, Iggy Osterberg, and Jack Dawson.

Read more, including the story of the MC5 and the White Panthers on Flashbak.

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